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The IEA supports international energy technology research, development, deployment, and knowledge transfer through multilateral groups (formally called Implementing Agreements). The experts participating in the activities of the Implementing Agreements represent public and private sector entities worldwide. Together, these experts share knowledge – and resources – to advance energy technologies.

Electricity sector Implementing Agreements (IAs)



Smart Grids
Demand-Side Management
High-Temperature Superconductivity

Recent activities and findings

Monster storybook

‌Most of the time we do what we do most of the time, and sometimes we do something new

As many of the DSM IA Tasks have discovered, the market 'failure' of energy efficiency is often due to the vagaries of human behaviour and choice. The best ideas, policies and programmes have been shown to fail again and again in achieving their desired outcomes.The current social and policymaking norm is still NOT to see energy saving behaviour as a major priority in achieving a transition to a sustainable system.  DSM IA Task 24 - Closing the Loop - sets out to investigate further in order to provide clear recommendations to policymakers and demand-side management implementers. Learn more in the recently published "monster" report downloadable here

Global excellence in smart grid projects

The ISGAN IA and the Global Smart Grid Federation have announced the winners of the inaugural Award of Excellence for 2014, the theme of which was consumer engagement and empowerment.  To learn more about the award and the winning projects visit the website.    

DSM University up and running

The recently launched DSM University is one of the topics highlighted in the most recent issue of DSM Spotlight Newsletter.  Download here

Why is energy efficiency so damn unsexy?

Published weekly, Behaviour Change and Energy News gathers reports on behaviour change and related energy news from around the globe.  Download here

Annual Report 2013: demand-side management

The twentieth DSM IA Annual Report has as its theme chapter - DSM priorities in participating countries - along with detailed reports on five current projects.  Download here

The Implementing Agreements in this cateogry are reviewed by the Working Party on Energy End-Use Technology (EUWP)

For information on related activities carried out by the IEA Secretariat, see Electricity

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